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Be Honest With Yourself: We Are Making Memories

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 26, 2011

(See here for background)

From 1961 —

We Are Making Memories

Boys and girls – all of us and all ages – we are daily making memories.

These memories – like our thoughts and deeds of today – will be fond or sad, good or bad in the years ahead. They will bless us with inward satisfactions or will burn us with remorse.

What are some of the memories we can make today?

For happy men and women of tomorrow there will be the memories of a Scout oath well kept – loyalty to God, country and helpfulness to other people – plus the wholesome fun of self-improvement boys and girls can have in Scout or Beehive camp or troop meeting.

Later in life there will follow the happy days when boy meets girl in the school, church or home “social” where lasting ties first begin to form.

And, still later, for many who are fortunate enough to perform missions for their church, there will live in memory those precious images of a well-spent two or three years sharing a testimony with others.

For the girl who’s left behind and waits for the missionary’s return and later marries him and becomes the mother of his children, there will also be happy memories – a whole eternity of joyful memories and rewards.

These and a thousand other fond memories of a life well lived will stay bright to give us joy as we grow rich in the affection of friends and in well-won self esteem.

These beautiful memories – the projection of present good deeds and right living – can belong to each of us for time and all eternity.




  1. So, in those days, not all were expected to go on missions but if they were “fortunate enough to perform missions” they could expect “the girl who’s left behind” to wait and marry them? Hmmm. I guess sometimes that worked (my patents-in-law married 1958 after his mission). But in general, it all seems to couch a positive sentiment and good advice subtly conveyed. Inspired for its time.

    Comment by Grant — April 26, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

  2. Grant, you nailed it. If you haven’t already, you might want to read the article linked at “See here for background” — “positive” was definitely the keyword.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 26, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

  3. Interesting that there’s no mention of the boy “who’s left behind and waits for the missionary’s return”, even though that worked quite well for Jeanne and me…

    (And it’s not like it’s a completely new phenomenon, either—it seems to have worked quite well for Flora and Ezra Taft Benson, too.)

    Comment by David B — April 26, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  4. 1961 was the year of my birth, and it is beginning to seem like a long, long time ago.

    If you look closely at the picture of the man in the bottom right-hand corner, you will see what we used to call a “newspaper”. Apparently, in bygone eras, people would pay young boys to deliver these “newspapers” to their homes, and sit and read them for news, comics and advertisements. Oddly, they were even willing to get black ink all over their fingers to do so.

    Comment by MMM — April 27, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  5. Oh, I love it when a reader can identify some quaint object from the past whose use is a mystery today!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 27, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  6. Other relics of the past:
    *The beehive with the bandalo
    * A scout wearing a neckerchief
    * A live band providing the dance music
    * Missionaries with hats
    * The baby pram

    (My favorite vignette is the center purple one of the girlfriend pining away for her missionary.)

    Comment by Clark — April 27, 2011 @ 10:03 am

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